101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

Warm weather is back, along with your will to go outdoors and explore NYC. Lucky for you, we've rounded up the best things to do in the spring.

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  • Photograph: Jakob Layman

    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    71. Follow the Brooklyn Flea outdoors

  • John Wronn

    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    72. Visit MoMA to see "Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light"

  • Photograph: courtesy Lomography

    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    73. Celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day with Lomography

    Pictured: Lomography trip for World Pinhole Photography Day 2012

  • Photograph: Courtesy Central Park Conservatory

    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    74. Spike like Maverick in honor of Top Gun Day

    Pictured: Central Park sand volleyball courts

  • 101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    75. Brainstorm at Ideas City 2013

    Pictured: "After Hours: Murals on the Bowery" from 2011's festival

  • Photograph: Zen Sekizawa

    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    76. See Liars perform at the Temple of Dendur

  • Photograph: Gustavo Monroy

    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    77. Have a (beer) blast with the bears at the Urban Bear Weekend

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels

    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    78. Forget the blossoms, gawk at costumes at the Sakura Matsuri festival

  • 101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    79. Meet Mr. Met at Queens Taste

  • Photograph: John Bartlestone

    101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

    80. Wish the Woolworth Building a happy 100th birthday

Photograph: Jakob Layman

101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013

71. Follow the Brooklyn Flea outdoors

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101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013: Follow the Brooklyn Flea outdoors

Follow the Brooklyn Flea outdoors

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The Sunday Williamsburg location moves a few blocks down to the East River State Park this year, and there will be some new faces among the 140 stalls, including Positive Space Design, which sells architectural salvage and antiques ($15–$1,500). Also drop by Gregory Coccaro, who’ll be selling midcentury furniture and accessories ($25–$1,000 ), and Fruzworld (fruzworld.tumblr.com), which makes one-of-a-kind plant art, including quirky terrariums ($15–$100). 176 Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Sat 10am–5pm. • East River State Park, Kent Ave at North 7th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sun 10am–5pm. • brooklynflea.com

  1. Various venues
  2. Sat Apr 6 - Sun Nov 24
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Visit MoMA to see "Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light"

  • Price band: 2/4
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This survey takes a long-overdue, in-depth look at one of the true giants of modern photography. Brandt (1904–1983) was born in Hamburg, Germany, to a British father and German mother. His father was interred by the Germans as an enemy alien during World War I, an event that perhaps accounted for Brandt’s decision to eventually move to England in 1939—via a stint as Man Ray’s studio assistant in Paris—and to later claim that he’d been born in South London. These biographical details undoubtedly lay behind the subtly Surrealistic quality and an outsider’s perspective that imbues images of British society, nude studies and landscapes with a sense of unease.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Mon Aug 12
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Celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day with Lomography

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Each April, low-tech photography enthusiasts across the globe create DIY cameras from coffee canisters, matchboxes and other household items, and head out to see what they can capture. To fete this most minimalist form of photography, Lomography is throwing a Pinhole Picnic at Jersey’s 146-acre Van Saun County Park (216 Forest Ave, River Edge, NJ). A school bus from the Lomography Gallery Store in the West Village will take you to and from the park. There’ll be a spread of snacks to fuel you for the day ahead; from there, you’re unleashed to wander the park, which includes a carousel, a miniature train and a zoo. Admission also includes a rental pinhole camera, a roll of film and 10 percent off in-store purchases. Get snapping (er, we guess just pointing), budding Ansel Adamses. Call 212-529-4351 or e-mail shopnyc@lomography.com to register.

  1. Lomography Gallery Store 41 W 8th St, between Sixth Ave and MacDougal St, 10011
  2. Until Sun Apr 28
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101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013: Spike like Maverick in honor of Top Gun Day

Spike like Maverick in honor of Top Gun Day

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And speaking of days for random things, Tony Scott’s ridiculous 1986 action classic has one too. Topgunday.com suggests celebrating by quoting the movie a lot and wearing aviators—there’s even a Call Sign Generator (ours is “Wild Weasel,” in case you were curious). But short of climbing into the cockpit of an F-14 (the Intrepid’s security detail is on red alert after our bungled attempt last year), we can think of no better way to show your love of all things sexy fighter pilot than by re-creating the film’s famously over-the-top beach-volleyball scene. Head to the sand courts at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 (Furman St at Atlantic Ave, Dumbo, Brooklyn; brooklynbridgepark.org), Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 (West St at 16th St; hudsonriverpark.org, reserve a court at manhattanyouth.org) or east of Central Park’s Sheep Meadow (enter at Central Park West and 66th St). You and your buddies may lack the freakishly rippling ab muscles—and super shiny torso—of ’80s Tom Cruise, but throw some Kenny Loggins on the boom box, and you’ll be in the zone…the Danger Zone.

  1. Mon May 19
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101 things to do in the spring in New York City 2013: Brainstorm at Ideas City 2013. Pictured: "After Hours: Murals on the Bowery"

Brainstorm at Ideas City 2013

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The biennial affair is back, though under a new name, and still trying to meet the challenges of living in a metropolis. Formerly the Festival of Ideas for the New City, this New Museum–organized expo on urban sustainability incorporates a street fair, a brainy conference and a diverse array of projects from more than 200 organizations. NYU Wagner School, the Architectural League of New York, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Bowery Poetry Club and the Drawing Center all weigh in on this year’s theme: “Untapped Capital.” It’s still too early for a lineup announcement, but the inaugural 2011 edition hosted loads of choice events and initiatives, such as “Murals on the Bowery,” in which 18 rolling metal storefront shutters were painted by internationally renowned artists, and bike tours of the Lower East Side and Chinatown led by young residents. Prices vary (212-219-1222, newmuseum.org/ideascity).

  1. Various locations
  2. Wed May 1 - Sat May 4
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See Liars perform at the Temple of Dendur

  • Price band: 2/4
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Building on the momentum of last year’s electronica-drenched WIXIW, this popular, provocative California art-punk trio returns for a glitzy exclusive at the Met’s Temple of Dendur, and a more conventional romp at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple.

  1. Brooklyn Masonic Temple 317 Clermont Ave, between DeKalb and Lafayette Aves
  2. Until Sun May 19
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Have a (beer) blast with the bears

  • Price band: 1/4
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The annual Urban Bear Weekend marks the end of hibernation season. The bear crowd—burly, hairy gay men and those who love them—has become firmly ensconced in the mainstream, so it’s no surprise that producer Robert Valin’s celebration of fuzzy hunks draws massive crowds to its four-day program of events. Valin has yet to announce details for 2013’s incarnation, but last year featured a beer blast, comedy show, crawl of bear bars, barbecue, boat party, Sunday street fair and more. Check out our NYC bear guide for more on the city’s ursine scene.

  1. Various locations
  2. Thu May 2 - Mon May 6
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Meet Mr. Met at Queens Taste

  • Price band: 4/4
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Celebrate the diversity of the city in the best way possible—with your taste buds. Now in its 11th year, this festival that began as a handful of restaurants in a JFK terminal has made its home in Citi Field’s Caesars Club, a sprawling convention hall with views of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. Fifty food vendors from the borough will be on hand, from Redwood Deli and Ottomanelli & Sons to Mama’s and Bourbon Street Café (let’s hope they bring the outstanding gumbo they’ve served every other year). Sip on Turkish coffee from the Turkish Cultural Center and wine from Long Island’s Borghese Winery—all included in your admission price. Plus, we have it on good authority that Mr. Met himself will be present.

  1. Citi Field Roosevelt Ave, at 126th St, 11368
  2. Tue May 14
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Wish the Woolworth Building a happy 100th birthday

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Grand Central isn’t the only NYC icon turning 100 this year. On April 24, 1913—just two months after the transit hub opened—President Woodrow Wilson flipped a ceremonial switch to illuminate the new Woolworth Building, at the time the tallest office building in the world. This exhibit spotlights the elegant green-and-white building, from the initial stages of architect Cass Gilbert’s design and an up-close look at the building’s gorgeous terra cotta ornaments, to an examination of its pop cultural significance.

  1. The Skyscraper Museum 39 Battery Pl, at 1st Pl
  2. Sun Sep 15
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